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Patent Attorney or Patent Agent: Biological Science

COJK is seeking an associate-level patent attorney or a patent agent to join the firm’s Life Sciences Patent Practice Group for its office located in Seattle, WA. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, patent preparation and prosecution, patent licensing, and conducting due diligence. The position requires working closely with clients, inventors, and firm attorneys.

Requirements for an associate-level patent attorney include an advanced degree in a biological science (Ph.D. preferred) with at least two years of relevant industry experience, a J.D. from an accredited law school, 3 to 5 years of patent law experience, a license to practice law in at least one state, preferably Washington, and admittance to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

Requirements for a patent agent include a B.S. in a biological science, relevant work experience, at least 2 to 3 years of patent law experience, and admittance to practice before the USPTO.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate superior analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to develop and expand internal and external relationships. The candidate must excel in a team environment, as well as be a motivated self-starter who works well under pressure and thrives in a fast-paced environment.  This is currently a remote position.


  • Conducting prior art searches
  • Determining ownership rights to various parts of an invention
  • Drafting patent applications and working with the USPTO to resolve patent examiner questions
  • Patent licensing
  • Assisting clients with patent infringement issues
  • Providing support to the litigation department
  • Advising clients on the use and protection of patents
  • Assisting clients with identifying the nature of their intellectual property
  • Monitoring existing and proposed patents
  • Attending meetings and conducting conference calls with clients and contacts in the United States and overseas
  • Managing general inquiries on patent protection
  • Filing domestic and international patent applications
  • Handling patent renewals

Education and Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a biological science
  • Attorney with J.D. degree from an accredited law school
    • Licensed to practice in at least one state, preferably Washington
    • Admitted to practice before the USPTO


  • Full benefits:
    • Medical/Dental/Vision/LTD/LTC
    • 401(k)

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